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The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre) is committed to facilitating the necessary structural change of energy supply and use around the globe by helping to catalyse private sector capital flow towards investments in sustainable energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its work is designed to encourage and assist the finance community to scale-up current investment, or to take the first steps into new markets, particular in developing countries.  

To help achieve this goal, the Centre offers the Climate & Renewable Energy Finance e-learning course and two training programmes: The Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy & Executive Training. Not only has the knowledge and experience built up over the last 8 Summer Academies to offer an even more exciting new learning programme, but we have also developed a more specialised and tailored programme for more senior-level practitioners working in the field of climate and sustainable energy finance.

9th edition of the Summer Academy: June 18 - 22, 2018
Registration opening soon!

The Programme

The 2017 Frankfurt Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (CSEF) Summer Academy offers participants the chance to take a lead role in the climate finance story; including core coursework on the links between public and private sector finance, the impact of recent international climate negotiations, and policies and sources of financing to scale up and unlock climate finance.

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Participants will also benefit from opportunities to exchange knowledge through an interactive session on project design. Sensitivity analysis working groups tailored to your expertise will also be offered in energy efficiency finance, the role of microfinance, adaptation finance as well as mini-grid finance. The interactive sessions will enable participants to explore the risks and barriers to private investment in climate finance, building their own financial model, assess the financial viability of investments, and analyse the impact of public support instruments.

To facilitate a more tangible experience, the Summer Academy will offer a panel discussion and two social programmes including an institutional fair that offers the opportunity for you to showcase your projects and institutions, as well as a field trip that will complement the classroom curriculum and group work.

5 Day Summer Academy

With a clear finance focus, the programme is suitable for senior level public- and private-sector practitioners, including entrepreneurs, project developers, private investors, initiator/fund houses, international development finance consultants and managers, plant operators and manufacturers, engineers and advisory professionals (e.g. law firms, business and tax consultants). Other interested parties, such as academics in finance, are also welcome to apply.

5 Day Executive Training

The cutting-edge Executive Training programme aims to equip senior level practitioners with a deep understanding of innovative transaction structures and the investment decision-making process for renewable energy (RE) finance projects. In addition to core sessions on RE advanced project finance and financial modeling delivered by the Centre’s senior staff, industry insiders will join every day to discuss recent trends and innovative concepts, such as SME finance, green bonds, yieldcos, utility business models, and the role of retail investors. Because of their high level of experience, we feel that the trainers and guest speakers will serve as ideal sparring partners to facilitate a deeper exchange, debate and understanding of these innovative concepts.

The Executive Training will run concurrently to the Summer Academy, offering senior-level practitioners and policy-makers an intensive leadership programme. To facilitate a more tangible experience, the two programmes will come together for the evening social programmes, including dinner at a traditional German restaurant, a city tour of Frankfurt, and a BBQ and institutional fair where you to showcase your projects and institutions.

As opposed to the Summer Academy, it is recommended that applicants to the Executive Training understand basic financial concepts. If you are unsure which programme is right for you, please feel free to contact us.


Practice orientation 

Our Development Finance Summer Academies have a practical focus. All modules include technical tools which are easy to apply to real-life situations. The Centre has extensive practical experience in the field of climate and sustainable energy finance as well as project development, assuring that real life examples are discussed. 

Networking and discussions with relevant stakeholders

As in previous years the CSEF Summer Academy offers great networking opportunties in form of several networking events including the institutional fair and the Summer Academy's leisure time activities. These opportunities will bring all participants and the trainer team together guaranteeing a superior platform of exchange and knowledge transfer.

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 To support networking after the end of the training, the programme provides an Alumni network that will enable participants to stay in contact easily and to foster discussions that started during the course. To continue honing their skills, the participants will be able to access training materials, exchange experiences and ideas, and broaden their professional network.

Theoretical and practical orientation

All the trainers have extensive experience in the field of climate and sustainable energy finance. Through the course they will provide knowledge with a clear hands-on focus tailored to the needs and realities of developing, emerging and industrialised countries.

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 In order to offer both theoretical and practical expertise the trainers will be the Centre's Senior staff comprised of PhD professors and experienced sustainable energy financiers and practitioners. To deepen the theoretical understanding real-life case studies from different regions and continents will be discussed throughout the presentations.

Integrated knowledge

The course content and topics will be delivered via a mixture of lectures, discussions, group work, case studies and be topped off with a voluntary field trip that complements the classroom curriculum. Each component is carefully designed and led by an expert in the respective field. An experienced facilitator will guide the participants through the programme and link the topics amongst each other.

Administrative Details

Tuition and accommodation expenses

The tuition fee for both the 5 day CSEF Summer Academy tuition and 5 day CSEF Executive Training tuition is EUR 3,750.

The tuition fee cover all training materials, and full-board accommodation in single rooms for the duration of training including meals as well as transportation for site visits.

The Summer Academies are fully tuition based and not sponsored. Accordingly, participants have to cover the full costs of the training or find a sponsor. There are a few scholarships available (see Scholarship tab for details).

For the CSEF Summer Academy the number of accepted applicants is limited to 40. The participant group will be selected based on complementary experiences and backgrounds.


Please note that we select applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. At the same time we try to form a group of participants with complementary experiences and backgrounds. The number of participants is limited. Therefore we recommend you to submit your application in a timely manner.


Please note that we can offer the following discounts:

  • 10% for each institution sending more than one participant* to a Summer Academy
  • 20% to each participant participating in more than one Summer Academy course*

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The Summer Academy will be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The campus facilities offer a broad variety of seminar rooms including high-class training facilities. The campus is situated in the center of Frankfurt am Main (one step from the bank of the river Main) and offers an inspiring environment with excellent training facilities and internet access. Accommodation in single rooms will be arranged at a high-class hotel within walking distance from the campus.


The language of instruction will be English and no translation will be provided.

Scholarships for the Summer Academy

The Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance provides funding for scholarships covering 75% of the course fees for applicants meeting the eligibility requirements (the remaining 25% of course fees, plus travel expenses must be covered by the participant).

Scholarship Criteria:

To be considered for a scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • come from developing countries
  • have no funding from their company
  • have a track record of related work
  • have the means to pay the remaining amount of the fees and transportation
  • submit a complete and proper application form

Please note that your scholarship application can only be considered if you have completed your online registration for the respective course. 

Scholarship submission deadline: May 7, 2017

About the Trainers

Silvia Kreibiehl

Silvia Kreibiehl is head of the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. In her role as head of the Centre, Ms. Kreibiehl has overall responsibility for all international Frankfurt School consultancy projects in the area of climate and sustainable energy finance. She is in charge of project acquisition and management, in particular, quality management. She is also leading applied research efforts in the role of local investors in climate finance. Ms. Kreibiehl is co-author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) currently being prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Before joining the Centre, Silvia worked for Deutsche Bank for 17 years, with 10 years being in corporate finance (equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions), particularly in the RE sector. She also worked four years on double bottom line investment opportunities and respective transaction structures in developing countries. Silvia was the lead analyst at Deutsche Bank for the GET FiT concept and responsible for DB’s shareholding in the Desertec Industrial initiative.

Andrea Bode

Andrea Bode is senior project manager at the Centre and has a strong background in banking with a focus on credit structuring. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2013, she worked at Deutsche Bank as Vice President in Markets - Structured Finance Structuring.She also held positions in asset finance, corporate and SME lending, and credit risk management. She has significant experience in asset finance, structuring, and execution of tailored financing solutions for various asset classes while taking into account financial, legal, tax, and accounting aspects including the set-up of detailed financial models.

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener

Prof. Dr. Ulf Moslener is professor for sustainable energy finance at the Frankfurt School. As head of research at the Centre, his current fields of research are the economics of climate change, financing sustainable energy systems and climate finance. He represents Germany in the UN Standing Committee on Climate Finance. In the past, he was deputy head of the Environmental and Resource Economics and Environmental Management departement at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. His main research areas are international climate policy, the analysis of carbon regulation, carbon emissions trading, and policy instruments to promote renewable energy. He led a number of research projects on behalf of German Federal Ministries and the European Commission. Thereafter he joined KfW Development Bank, where he was dealing with the practice of financing renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing and newly industrialised countries within the German development co-operation. Ulf Moslener holds a Diploma in Physics and a PhD in economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Martin Cremer

Martin Cremer has a strong banking background, combining structuring expertise of complex private equity debt transactions with international negotiation skills. He has been working in this field for over 14 years in various financial institutions. Before joining Frankfurt School in 2011, Mr. Cremer worked as a freelance debt advisor and held various positions at Unicredit Corporates & Markets in Germany and France, as well as BNP Paribas, culminating as director of leveraged finance. His recent work experience with Frankfurt School includes identifying and negotiating terms with private equity investors in the context of implementing a UNEP Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) in sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative aims to help clean energy entrepreneurs access enterprise development support and early stage seed capital in addition to structuring and fund raising for the follow-on facility SCAF II. Moreover, Mr. Cremer is the project manager of the AFD Technical Cooperation Programme Implementation and follow-up mission to promote the identification and structuring of renewable and energy efficiency investments in Indonesia. He was also project manager of a microfinance fund that provided technical assistance and financing to MFIs and banks in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 2011 to 2013.

Event Organisers

The Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance is a strategic cooperation between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Frankfurt School. 

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The Centre has a long-standing track record in designing, implementing and evaluating climate finance projects aiming to facilitate private sector investments. Finding an appropriate supply for financing and offering the right instruments to various channels is crucial and a core focus for the Centre’s project design and implementation work. The Summer Academy programme builds on this framework in identifying and propagating good practices in sustainable energy and climate finance.


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